David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, is now dead at the age of 85.
His agent Thomas Bowington confirmed the news and shared that the British actor died after a short illness. CNN reports that Prowse was being treated in 2018 for prostate cancer.
"It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85," Bowington Management wrote on Twitter.
"May the force be with him, always!" his former agent, Thomas Bowington, said in a statement. "Though famous for playing many monsters -- for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”
Prowse was the actor who wore the famous black helmet and suit for Darth Vader. However, it was James Earl Jones, who provided the voice for the character. Reports say Prowse’s English accent was not appropriate for the part.
The actor was born in a council estate in Southmead, England, where he gained a scholarship to attend Bristol Grammar School.
In the 1960s, he had a passion for bodybuilding and was crowned British Weightlifting Champion several times.
His big break happened when he played Darth Vader in all three of the original “Star Wars” movies in 1977, 1980, and 1983.